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Spark.Live features numerous therapists, healers, counsellors and mental health practitioners who are holding regular sessions with users and helping them with their issues.
Self-healing. Speaks: Bengali
Arijita is a well-known pranic healer from Kolkata. She is a holistic healer who strongly believes in the mind-body connection. After years of professional and private practice, she is now an expert in controlling her own mind, body and emotions, and imparts the secret of this science to others.
Clinical Psychologist. Speaks: English, Kannada
Dr Hema Sampath is a practising psychologist with over 15 years of experience. She is a consultant at Apollo Hospitals as well as at NMIMS, Bengaluru. She runs the clinic Regenerating Lives.
Clinical Psychologist. Speaks: English, Tamil.
Nisha John is an RCI-licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has worked as a Junior Consultant in NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) and with the president-elect of the Neuropsychiatric Association.
Counsellor and Psychology Teacher. Speaks: Bengali, English.
She is a clinical psychologist and has 15 years of experience in the field.
She is a lifetime member of the Indian Psychiatric Society and a member of ANTARA, an organisation that aims to assist, rehabilitate, and treat people with mental illness, addiction, and alcoholism irrespective of caste, colour, or creed.
Psychologist and Teacher. Speaks: Bengali, English.
Srimonti Guha graduated with Psychology Honours from Christ University, Bangalore, in 2013. She worked as a Psychology Teacher and Counsellor at Ashok Hall Girls’ Residential School, Majhkhali. She also worked with Classklap as a Subject Matter Expert. Currently, she is working with The Riverside School, Ahmedabad, as a Psychology educator and as an Inclusive Campus Programme Mentor.
Certified therapist. Speaks: Hindi and English.
Yesha Jhaveri is a therapist based in Mumbai. She has done her BA in Psychology from Jai Hind College and her MSc in Counselling Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
She has received a COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) certificate in Counselling Skills. She has also studied at RECBT, affiliated to Albert Ellis Institute, New York
Consultations on Therapy, Counseling and Mental Health
Therapy for Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, PTSD and Depression
In these sessions, Labdhi Shah will offering the following:
– Provide a holistic approach towards lifestyle modifications
– Help you balance your emotional / mental concerns
– Provide therapy using Yoga, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy as a way of healing yourself for best results
By Labdhi Shah, Counselling Psychologist
Explore the Depths of your Unconscious Mind
Our mind has the power to make or break us. There are times when we might be disturbed but shy away from discussing an issue because of the fear of being judged. Yesha offers a space where you can speak your heart out without guilt or anxiety.
by Yesha Jhaveri, Certified Therapist
Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Painful losses and traumatic experiences that accumulate through the course of our lives can hamper our day-to-day functioning and contribute to mental discords. Psychotherapy can help you understand yourself more deeply and reclaim a life of vitality.
by Nisha John, Clinical Psychologist
Therapy for Mental Health
Nitin Mehra is a counsellor who understands modern problems and can provide a kind and understanding presence. You will instantly feel comfortable talking to him without any fear of being judged. He understands that sometimes all you need is a little direction and a little care.
by Nitin Mehra, Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Marriage Counselling Made Easy
Whether you are going through a divorce or having constant disagreements and fights with your partner, or whether you are facing loss, an understanding of your own pattern of repetition and reaction to grief becomes valuable to gather the meaning of such behaviour.
by Bhuvana Saple, Psychologist
Emotional guidance with Rima Shah
Everyone has feelings from time to time that they can’t manage. This could be anxiety, depression, anger frustration and the list goes on, whether it’s a job interview, financial or personal problems. As a therapist, Rima will guide you and help you fight your anxiety and depression
by Rima Shah, Certified clinical psychologist
Get counseling for relationship issues and work stress
The principles of Holistic health have been around since 2500 years, it is older than even the eastern healing traditions of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Holistic health is an approach towards life, which focuses on specific illnesses or parts of the body. This ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with the environment.
by Vinita Haria, Certified Psychologist
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is therapy / counseling?
The term ‘therapy’ is often used for a wide range of services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counseling, family therapy, adolescent counseling, child therapy, relationship / couples’ therapy, and psychotherapy.
How do I know if I need therapy or counselling?
Therapy can help you gain insight into your own mind – your thoughts and subsequent behaviours. So, even if you feel you don’t ‘qualify’ for therapy, it can help you gain clarity on a particular issue, come to a decision, break unhealthy patterns, or start your journey towards self-development.
What can counseling help with?
Therapy and counseling can help with a wide range of issues and problems such as:
- Depression (including low mood, social withdrawal, suicidal thoughts)
- Anxiety (generalized anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia)
- Workplace issues (stress, work-life imbalances)
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Phobias and fears
- Bereavement / grief / loss
- Eating problems (including bulimia, binge eating, negative body image, anorexia, purging)
- Addiction and substance misuse
- Abuse (including physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual)
- Trauma (including PTSD from accidents, rape, and other attacks / incidents)
- Relationship issues (break-ups, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding, and premarital issues)
- Sexual problems (impotence, internet / pornography / sex addiction, loss of desire, infertility)
- Postpartum depression, or depression after child birth
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Who can avail of therapy?
Therapy can help absolutely anyone. There are different forms of therapy such as family therapy, couples’ therapy, child counseling, and grief counseling to name a few.
Shouldn’t I solve my own problems?
A therapist doesn’t solve your problems – you resolve your own problems with their help. The goal of therapy is to make you self-sufficient, provide you with guidance, support, and the necessary tools to help you solve any problem you may be facing.
I can talk to a friend for free – why should I consider paying someone?
Even kind and understanding friends and family have their limits as they are not trained to help people. A therapist can provide you with professional guidance and the proper tools to help you confront and change your thought- and behavioural patterns.
How do I prepare for my first session?
The first session is for both you and your therapist to understand each other. It usually focuses on your background, what specifically made you start counselling, and what are your goals from therapy. This first session can be instrumental in figuring out whether you and your therapist ‘click’.
As for the session itself, some people find it helpful to have a list of things they want to address but it is completely okay to not have one.
How often will I need to have sessions?
Most therapists and counselors will choose to keep a session every week. However, as you progress, this timeline may be extended. Similarly, if you are in a crisis, your therapist may choose to keep multiple sessions a week.
How do I know therapy is working?
If you have certain goals in mind before you start therapy, that can be a good evaluation point. Please remember, certain topics may come up during therapy you originally had no plan of discussing or didn’t think were a big problem, so your goals may change as your progress.
If you don’t have any set goals, then one sure-fire way to know it is working is if you start noticing yourself actively changing your thought and behavioural patterns. Another way to know is if you find difficulty articulating what you’re feeling as this usually indicates that you are probing deeper into your problems and discussing painful events you used to avoid.
How long will I need therapy? Will I have to do it for the rest of my life?
That depends on the individual and the kind of therapy. For instance, CBT is a short-term, solution-focused therapy that follows a strict pattern and usually lasts from six to twenty sessions. Psychodynamic and psychotherapy can last longer.
As you progress, you may notice new topics and issues arising which may lengthen the duration of your therapy. Similarly, once you start, you may notice yourself improving faster than you had expected.
Are the counsellors and therapists on Spark.Live licensed?
Every therapist / counsellor on Spark.Live has been vetted by our team and has all the necessary qualifications and experience required to be conducting online sessions.
As with any other profession, you will find therapists / counsellors specializing in certain areas and specific forms of therapy. Please browse through the list and the programme descriptions, and choose the one best suited for you.
How much will it cost?
Every session has a fixed rate, which is mentioned on the session page. We have therapists charging a range from Rs 200 to Rs 3000. The pay scale is decided by the therapist / counsellor based on their years of experience, skill, and knowledge.
How does online counseling work?
With the click of a button – that is, through the Spark.Live app or the website – you can now speak to experienced therapists across the country. Using the internet has a number of benefits as compared to a physical meeting.
- It is convenient. Online therapy means less time away from your workday, or worrying about traffic or getting transport to your therapist’s clinic. If one feels really unwell, it is not easy to leave the house to meet a therapist. Also, one can consult a counsellor in another town / city easily if one does it online. One can download the app or log in to the website, and the session can happen from wherever you are comfortable.
- Sometimes one needs complete privacy when one wants to consult a psychotherapist. Online therapy can be done in absolute privacy, through video / audio calls or text messages. Sometimes that is much more comfortable than having to meet in person.
- Prices are reasonable because technology allows that.
- The app interface offers full privacy and security. You can be rest assured that whatever you discuss through the app remains between you and your counsellor. And it is easy to reach out to the therapist through the chat facility for a follow-up consultation after the session.
- Social distancing is easy to follow with online consultations.
What is the difference between a therapist, a counselor, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist? How do I know which one is for me?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. As a doctor, a psychiatrist is licensed to write prescriptions.
The terms psychologist, counselor, and therapist are often used interchangeably. Licensed psychologists are qualified to do counseling and psychotherapy, perform psychological testing, and provide treatment for mental disorders.
Spark.Live has partnered with certified, licensed therapists across India to provide consultations in English as well as Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and Kannada. We believe that therapy is more effective if the client gets to speak in a language he / she understands and identifies with the most. We have not partnered with psychiatrists.
What is the difference between counseling and therapy?
Counseling is designed to help you address a particular problem such as addiction or stress management. The focus is on problem-solving or on learning specific techniques for coping with or avoiding problem areas. It is also usually more short-term than therapy.
Psychotherapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. The underlying principle is that your patterns of thinking and behaviour affect the way you interact with the world.
How can I trust a stranger?
A therapist may be a stranger to you but they are bound by their profession towards doctor-patient confidentiality. This ensures that nothing you discuss with your therapist will be shared with anyone without your express permission.
How does confidentiality work?
Confidentiality means that all your information is secure and never shared with anyone – whatever you say in therapy, stays in therapy. The only exception is if the therapist believes you are in imminent danger to yourself or to others.
How can talking solve my problems?
Through talking, one can reveal a lot about their lives and their personality. A trained professional can figure out patterns of thoughts and behaviours that may be contributing to your unhappiness. They can help point out those patterns to you and, armed with this knowledge, you may try to consciously change them.
How can my partner and I attend sessions together?
Due to the nature of online counseling, you and your partner can attend all sessions together. If, for some reason, one partner is unable to attend a season, the therapist will carry on with the available partner and that session will be discussed again when all concerned parties are available.
What will I be required to do during therapy?
One of the basic tenets of therapy is trust and communication. To achieve this, your therapist may ask you to complete worksheets, keep a diary, etc. This will help you gain better insight into your own mind and help you start thinking about your thoughts, actions, and behaviours more critically.
I think my child / sibling / parent / family member needs therapy.
While we understand that you may be concerned for a loved one, it is best if the individual approaches therapy on their own. However, you may broach this topic with them in a calm and rational manner, but we urge you to let them make their own decisions.
If you believe a loved one is in danger of harming themselves or someone else, please call the concerned authorities.
Isn’t stress just a normal part of life?
Extreme or long-term stress can lead to perfectionism, procrastination, panic attacks, loss of sleep, disordered eating, and even PTSD. Due to this, it is recommended that if you have been under stress for a long time and have noticed changes in your behaviour, action, relationships, and mood, therapy would be a worthwhile endeavour.
Everyone feels sad sometimes, so what?
Sadness and low mood are a normal part of life in response to painful or traumatic events. However, if these emotions and moods last for a prolonged period of time or impact your day-to-day functioning, it might be worth going to therapy and accessing proper help.
Who will know I have signed up for therapy?
If you are over 18, no one will know of your therapy appointment other than you, your therapist, and the finance team (for payments only). The finance team will not be privy to why you chose therapy, a particular therapist, or what is discussed in therapy.
I already have a diagnosis. Can I still use your services?
Absolutely. We encourage you to disclose this information to your therapist during your first appointment as it will set the direction of your sessions going forward. You may also disclose the kind of therapy you have received so far.
Will I be prescribed medication? What if I don’t want to take medication?
Only psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe medications. However, you may find your therapist recommending you see a psychiatrist for a prescription. Even then, you always have the option to refuse medication if you are not comfortable with it.
What if I’m not comfortable with my therapist?
You can always change a therapist at any point. You need to feel comfortable to trust someone, and your therapist will understand this and be professional about the same.
How long does a session last?
Sessions can last anywhere from 30-minutes to 1-hour-and-30-minutes. Session duration for each therapist is available on their session pages.
Can I get a special discount on the services offered?
Yes, you can. Spark.Live periodically offers special discounts. We are also starting partnerships with different organizations – if you and some of your colleagues are interested in online therapy, you could reach out to us.
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Mental Health in India
Mental health is a new entrant in the field of health in India. India, with its tradition of joint families and close-knit friends, had always depended on this extended network for help and support. But with more people moving to cities and living alone or in nuclear families, loneliness has grown especially among the youth. More women are going to office than ever before, balancing work and family, while men are navigating the complex world of social change.
Gradually, mental health is no longer a taboo subject brushed under the carpet. People are talking more openly about their emotions and anxieties than ever before. Parents are concerned with their children’s state of mind, while corporates are taking care of employees’ mental health. The media, too, is fast catching up and talking openly about abuse, the mental health conditions of those breaking the law, and even deaths due to depression or trauma.
In this progressive climate, it is encouraging to see Indians coming online to speak openly about their experiences and reaching out to counsellors. Mental health as a profession has come of age here, with a growing number of certified psychologists who are bringing in their experience as well as their understanding of local cultures and languages to offer advice that is authentic and tailor made to the Indian cultural and social experience.
It is important that as individuals, we recognise the need for therapy, which is exactly like any physical ailment; that we support our friends and family when they want to visit a therapist; and embrace a culture of honesty.
Most counselling sessions are conducted on an individual basis where an individual seeks out a therapist and works on their personal issues and goals. This type of counselling is especially helpful for people who are grappling with major life changes, looking to grow and mature, trying to heal and move on from past traumas, or seeking to heal their own wounds before taking major steps in life such as marriage.
Depending on the individual’s needs, the therapist will ask the client to undertake certain tasks such as maintaining a journal, or talking to a loved one about a particular issue. These tasks are meant to make the individual self-sufficient and aware of their own thoughts, actions, and behaviours. This is where the real work of therapy begins.
From this point, the therapist will help the individual probe deep into their own psyche in an effort to help them understand the motivations behind their actions. This requires conscious awareness of one’s thought patterns, emotions and behaviours, obsessions, anxieties, stresses, phobias and so on. Actively working towards changing these patterns is a lifetime struggle, but one that becomes easier to do with the right tools provided by the therapist.
Puberty is a trying time in everyone’s life. Your body is going through a whole host of changes, hormones are all over the place, suddenly you are understanding and comprehending things you never could before, and you can no longer ignore the bad stuff in your life. You are growing up, and that is difficult and confusing and awkward and embarrassing on the best of days.
Due to these hormonal changes and the subsequent change in the individual’s personal and social lives, it is very common to be susceptible to peer pressure, bullying, and even toxic and damaging behaviours. It is easy to get swayed by other people’s opinions and commit atrocious acts. Additionally, if you are genetically predisposed towards mental illness, this is the prime age for those to make themselves known.
Due to this ever-changing landscape known as adolescence, it is important that teenagers go to the right therapist. Adolescence counselling is its own field and requires a very sensitive touch. The right therapist can impact lives and help teenagers realize their potential, while simultaneously soothing wounds before they etch too deep. Another advantage of consulting a therapist at this age is that talking about your emotions, issues, and thoughts becomes normalized, and it is easier to consult a therapist as an adult.
Counselling leaves teenagers better equipped for adulthood and independence. It makes them more emotionally secure, grounded, and ready to face life’s challenges.
Society is obsessed with the idea of romantic relationships and marriages, which rubs off on all of us. Due to this idea of a ‘soulmate’, people often enter relationships with unrealistic expectations and rose-tinted glasses. It is not surprising that a lot of relationships end up being extremely unhealthy, toxic, and even abusive. Even those that are not unhealthy can leave people feeling unsatisfied or misunderstood.
Couples’ therapy can help with such dissatisfactions or depression caused by unfulfilled wishes from a romantic partner. In this kind of therapy, it is important to understand the role of communication – this includes voicing your emotions and thoughts, as well as actively listening to your partner and making necessary changes to your behaviour.
While it may sound simple, miscommunication creates the most friction in relationships and is the most common reason couples go to therapy. A therapist is there to facilitate this communication and bridge the gap between the partners. Sometimes it may happen that couples decide to end their relationship post therapy. In this context it is important to note that this does not happen because of therapy, but simply because therapy exposed the incompatibility of the partners. Very often, therapy strengthens the bond between partners and leaves them feeling fulfilled, understood, and heard.